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TWTS – Fake Fake News

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TWTS – Episode 71 – Fake Fake News

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You only get fake answers when you ask fake questions. Fake answers are great when we are looking for some nice fiction, but when we want more honest, meaningful, personal, and important answers with which to make crucial decisions about the world, then we want the fake fake news, aka., the real news.

So how do we ask questions that lead to the best, more useful answers?

Ask everyone to Speak Up about the stuff that gets their blood flowing, so to speak.

Best Things (Loves): What most precious people, places, and things in the universe do you most value and want to take good care of?

Challenges (Losses): How have you struggled, or are struggling, with being able to protect the people, places, and things you love?

Purpose (Dreams): What do you most want to create and/or explore in this vast universe? (Eg., stuff for taking good care of physical bodies, for creating heathy living spaces, for building healthy communities on a larger scale, and for generating the most flourishing global culture possible.)

Needs (Hopes): What basic resources does your body most need in order to continue to work on your life’s purpose effectively? (In general: inputs of high quality food, water, air, warmth, light, information, and outlets for expressing the body’s excess solids, liquids, gases, and energy.)

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Links referenced in episode:

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

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The Big Picture:

My big goal that is getting very much closer, thanks to generous donations, is starting a non-profit community resource hub with resident artists, techies, and educators all working with the community to find creative solutions using available resources to serve the needs of the community members freely and unconditionally so that everyone can be their best possible selves. I’m currently (Summer 2018) starting to seriously look for (very cheap) property, ideally an old farm, probably in mid-coast Maine, and seeking folks who can help figure out the legal stuff of starting a non-profit or whatever, and putting the property into a trust so that it’s always there to serve the needs of those who live there.

I’ve also created a Patreon creator account for those who believe that my work is valuable and who have an excess number of banking points (aka $’s, £’s, ¥, or whatever).

If you want to toss me a little Bitcoinage, this is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

(Also, note my “gifts wanted” on the rightmost sidebar for ways to help out in non-monetary ways.)

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TWTS – Who Haven’t You Asked

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TWTS – Episode 63 – Who Haven’t You Asked

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I have a saying “Who haven’t you asked yet?” I guess it stemmed from my quest for answers about how to grow healthfully, and how to deal with anger, after realizing that both I and my beloved husband were so very angry. I found my best answers by looking in all kinds of weird places. Leaving no stone unturned, as they say. By listening to so many different types of individuals, instead of just the ones who were similar to me, I found some really unexpected perspectives which led to some great solutions.

We can form questions in different ways to get the attention of different kinds of individuals, who have different perspectives on the subject. These can be anything from different parts of our own brain to other animals, vegetables, minerals, and whatnot that we encounter in our lives — anything that happens to have some kind of information that we might not have, or haven’t yet tried to apply to our current problem we’re trying to solve.

Here are the kinds of questions that we can ask, in chronological order, as we seek to achieve a goal and encounter a problematic something or other (X):

Physical (Negative/Past): What caused X?

Emotional: What do others think of my theory about what caused X?

Intellectual: How does my theory fail to predict reality?

Philosophical: What IS reality (here and now)?

Physical (Positive/Future): How can we work WITH reality (to achieve our goal)?

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What do they know?
Did you ask them?

(Oh, and inertia was the word I was looking for!)

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Links referenced in episode:

The MIT Media Lab event that this was partly a reaction to Curious Minds: from building knowledge networks to inciting political resistance

My weird Discord channel… has now been banned. Discord does not protect minority opinions, or free speech.

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

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The Big Picture:

My big goal that is getting very much closer, thanks to generous donations, is starting a non-profit community resource hub with resident artists, techies, and educators all working with the community to find creative solutions using available resources to serve the needs of the community members freely and unconditionally so that everyone can be their best possible selves. I’m currently (Spring 2018) starting to seriously look for (very cheap) property, ideally an old farm, probably in mid-coast Maine, and seeking folks who can help figure out the legal stuff of starting a non-profit or whatever, and putting the property into a trust so that it’s always there to serve the needs of those who live there.

I’ve also created a Patreon creator account for those who believe that my work is valuable and who have an excess number of banking points (aka $’s, £’s, ¥, or whatever).

If you want to toss me a little Bitcoinage, this is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo

Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

(Also, note my “gifts wanted” on the rightmost sidebar for ways to help out in non-monetary ways.)

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a meme for mother Earth – #mymostpreciousthing


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Starting from high above and slowly zooming in on our planet you will naturally find a person, place, or thing to rest your vision on, something that seems to be the most cherished out of all of the rest of the world for you.

What is your most precious thing?

Feel free to share the image and/or your story of your most precious thing with anyone and everyone, so that we can all better see the treasures surrounding our lives which we most want to protect, preserve, and help flourish.

Love,
Turil

I also spoke about my most precious thing in the special podcast last Solstice. My beloved David. Happy Birthday my honey!

TWTS – Solstice – Addendum – A Personal Story of Loss

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TWTS – Episode 61 – Solstice – Addendum – A Personal Story of Loss

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My own reflection of what I’ve lost, an introspection on the past decade of my life, without my beloved husband and without a healthy community that supports my basic needs for food, water, air, warmth, light, information, and the freedom to express myself fully.

I’ve used this loss to define myself and my goals for creating a better world. I hope that you can explore your own losses and define yourself with them so that you, too, can clarify your goals and ideals for what you want to do with your life!

Namaste

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Links referenced in episode:

I also (temporarily, at least) recently lost a beautiful relationship I had with my friend Peter, when he decided he needed to be destructive to his community, before he rebuilds: https://youtu.be/raQKg5p0Jfo

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

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Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

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The Grand Solstice of Life on Earth

In the grand procession of the Earth, we not only move through yearly seasons of life – the emotionally expressive Summer, the intellectually introspective Fall, the philosophically/spiritually deep darkness of Winter, and then the explosively passionate and playful and productive Spring – but we move through these stages on personal and cultural levels as well.

So, in this cultural, seasonal, and maybe personal time of Solstice pausing and reflecting, I suggest that we consider sharing our stories of loss, so that we might better understand who we are and what we most value in life, so that we can slowly come back together – after so much fighting, and then dividing and retreating from one another – as a larger, more collaborative, more compassionate, more connected, whole.

With Gratitude,
Turil

Free Speaking Up Workshop in Stockton Springs, Maine – January 21

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The Wise Turtle presents:

Speaking Up Workshop for Clarification and Communication
Saturday January 21, 10am-noon
Stockton Springs Town Office Community Room (lower level, rear entrance/parking lot)
217 Main St.

Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.
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A fun and meaningful process for crafting the story of who you are and what you want. Aimed at artists, activists, and self explorers alike.

Using a philosophical understanding of the loopy pattern through which life naturally flows, this workshop will guide participants in identifying their most important stories about themselves, and then help them write, illustrate, sing, or simply tell those tales in the most inspiring way. Using this process, participants can learn how to be better communicators, and improve relationships, whether personal or professional.

For an introduction to the Speaking Up process, you can listen to an older podcast: Speaking Up for Yourself

Email me for more info at TheWiseTurtle on Gmail, or comment here if you want.

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Are you Angry, Sad, Scared, Confused? Here is what you can do!

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How to deal with overwhelming drama? Tragedy? Disappointment? Frustration? Hopelessness? Fear?

Well, I’ve been through all of that, having felt abandoned by my family, forced into homelessness, and thinking that everything was just so damned wrong with the world. Over the past decade I’ve slowly emerged up and out of that misery, and the following are just some of the things I’ve come up with that allow me to feel like my life is honestly worth living, and my work truly worth doing…

I suggest you start here:

Sit down with yourself and really listen, to yourself, as you clarify what is most precious to you. And then speak up about it! – https://turil.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/twts-speaking-up-for-yourself/

Consider playing a better “game”! Instead of a Monopoly game, try playing the collaborative game of life, where the goal is increasing everyone’s health, rather than hoarding money. To make this game a little easier, I offer you a bit of a map.

– Life: Earth Mission – https://turil.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/do-you-want-to-play-the-best-game-ever/

– Here’s a podcast explanation of this same game – https://turil.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/twts-life-earth-mission/

Like to explore history? Then take a look at one way to put all the socio-political changes that have been happening into perspective — past, present, and future — in this blog post and podcast on the evolution of human culture and generations – https://turil.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/twts-generations-x-yand-z-rebooting-humanity/

Want to DO something? Then consider helping build a global network of community resource centers where artists, educators, and techies collaborate with local communities to find creative ways to use freely available resources to meet the basic needs of everyone, so that we can all pursue the creative and explorative awesomeness that we’ve always dreamed of spending our lives doing – https://www.createspaceearth.org

And for anyone who has a kid in their lives, offer them a (free PDF, or paid printed) copy of my Speaking UP for Young People book.

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And, of course, feel free to ask for, or offer, help on a more personal level, via my email using TheWiseTurtle on Gmail.com as the address. (Make that into a normal address before sending! :-)

And whatever you do, remember that life is all about two simple processes, repeating over and over again, ad infinitum – dividing things up into smaller pieces, and then recombining those smaller pieces in novel ways, to make new, more complex, more creative, more diverse, and more interesting stuff. This is true for genes, art, memes, and entire ideologies. The division process can be dramatic, but it’s always followed by the creation of something even better than before.

~Namaste

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